Champaign, IL, Apr 08, 2011 -- Contact: Joan Messina (217) 403-6248
USDA Grant Awarded to Tamaroa for a New Community Center Roof
Champaign, Ill., April 8, 2011—USDA Rural Development State Director Colleen Callahan announced that Tamaroa has been selected for a $67,500 grant to put a new roof on the village’s community center. The funding is part of the federal agency’s Community Facilities Program that provides grants and affordable financing to support essential facilities in rural communities.
“By helping rural communities preserve and improve their community services, USDA is helping them maintain their quality of life,” Callahan said. “When we help to preserve the infrastructure in smaller communities like Tamaroa, we make it a better place to live, work, run a business and raise a family.”
Rural Development funds will be used to completely re-roof the gymnasium portion of the existing community center. The building previously housed the old high school and was converted into a community center in the late 1980’s. The facility is one of Tamaroa’s principal assets, providing excellent facilities including outdoor tennis courts, baseball and softball fields, pavilions and picnic areas. The village rents out space for receptions, parties and picnics at the community center which is a premier gathering place for local residents. The village contributed $22,500 to the project.
Rural Development offers loans, loan guarantees and, in some instances, grants to public bodies and non-profit organizations to support essential facilities for public use in most communities with up to 20,000 residents. These funds can be used to support projects such as health and child care centers, hospitals, medical clinics, assisted-living facilities, fire and rescue stations, police stations, libraries, community centers, public buildings and transportation.
Community Facilities funding is also available for projects that support the use or distribution of locally and regionally produced food. Communities and non-profits can use the program to support food banks, farmers’ markets, community gardens, community kitchens and food delivery vehicles. They can use the funds to construct or buy a building, make renovations, and purchase land and equipment.
Rural Development has more than 40 programs that foster growth and economic stability in rural areas by providing affordable financing and technical assistance. Support is available for regional food systems, broadband and biofuel infrastructure, homeownership, business development and community needs. More information on USDA Rural Development programs is available on the web at www.rurdev.usda.gov/il. USDA is an equal opportunity provider, employer and lender.